Hello peeps! We apologise for not featuring our weekly authors as prompt as always. Here we come with a bang, another Nigerian writer that is prodding us all to do something " Know our game' . For Sheun it's our 'call' individually to find that out. Savour his interview!
Y Your book ‘Knowing your game’ has been on the radar recently, can you tell Logos Audibles blog (LAB) about yourself?
My name is Sheun – David Onamusi I was born in Nigeria, spent my early teenage years in Lagos, until I moved to the UK. I like to call myself a ‘go-getter’ who loves to achieve prescribed goals for an upward mobility towards making a positive impact in my generation. My deepest desire is to use every God-given potential in service to humanity. I currently serve as the Regional Manager of T.M. Lewin, North of Nigeria operations. I also run my own Marketing Company called Dapper Target Marketing focused on helping small and medium size retail companies achieve excellence through their marketing and customer service. On an annual basis, I run a youth empowerment conference in London through a group called Redefined, with the objective of inspiring young people to take active roles in business, politics and entertainment for the greater goal of pioneering changes in their community.
2. How was growing up for you and how much have you travelled?
Growing up for me was a lot of fun. Although I never met my biological father until I was fifteen years old, my guardian and mother made sure I was surrounded with love. I was fondly called ‘omoiyaoni chin chin’ meaning the child of the woman who sells chin chin. My grand aunt used to sell chin chin(fried crunchy snack made with pastry). She made me go to the market at the age of nine all by myself to buy the ingredients needed for the chin chin as well as other items to be sold from the front of the house. This helped me to be street smart at an early age. I will always remember how excited I got whenever I had the opportunity to negotiate prices. I think my cute face helped all the time as well. How much have I travelled? A number of states in Nigeria, the UK and Ghana.
3. What inspired your work of art and tell us if you have previous books published.
This is my first publication and my inspiration was as a result of a few things. One major inspiration I had was from a conversation I had with one of my most precious mentors, Deacon Aluko. I detailed the conversation in the book; he inspired me to write this book and share the importance of people truly knowing their purpose.The book wassupposed to be chapter one of a book I was working on titled “Keeping a focused life” but as I put pen to paper and continued in my research, I felt it was crucial to highlight factors that help in knowing your purpose.
4. How long did it take you to write this particular book and get it published?
The writing took a little over a year but the editing and publishing makes it a 5year piece of art.
5. To what extent can you say your personality and or experience is reflected in your work?
Well, I have been told over and over again by readers, that they can see me all over the work. My style of writing is very conversational; this was almost an issue because grammatical constructions vary from writing to speaking. There are certain colloquies you can’t really share in a book targeted at thinking people. However I was able to maintain my personal style of speaking in my writing.
Read more and see picture of the book launch after the cut